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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #11 of 391 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Military Museums
Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your... more » Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your tour will take you through the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous 5-Star Admirals, Top Ranking Naval Officers and thousands of Enlisted Sailors. You'll love getting up close to the giant 16" Guns, feeling 18" of cold solid steel in the Captain's Bridge, seeing the evolution of weaponry from WWII through the Cold War, hearing first-hand stories from Navy veterans, and experiencing life as a Sailor on the "Big Stick". Your family will be awed by IOWA's proud, historic legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships to ever set sail! Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The USS Iowa is docked in San Pedro harbor and is an impressive sight. The tour is self guided so you can take as much time as you'd like to see the ship. It took us about 75 minutes to complete the tour. There are a lot of steps but otherwise it's an easy tour. There are no public bathrooms... More

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Pasadena, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A younger friend of mine share a birthday and we plan something to do together to celebrate. I have been a "plank owner" since long before it was a sure thing Los Angeles was going to get the ship. however I had yet to visit. The old beauty does not fail to impress. My friend and I had an excellent... More

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San Pedro, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The USS Iowa is a real historical treasure here in San Pedro. The ship tour is self-guided, with assistance at various points by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers. Of particular interest is the video presentation about the operation of the 16-inch guns, and the captain's quarters, which hosted President Roosevelt and his chiefs of staff on their 1944 trip to the... More

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North Hollywood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to the U.S.S. IOWA. This ship holds a special meaning for me because my dad served aboard her during World War II. The tour takes a couple of hours to really see all there is and the tour staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a warship so it does take some physical ability... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I like all around WWII so I decided to visit this ship, it is very interesting and the people who is taking care of it is doing a great job, it is amazing to be on the decks of a real battleship that saw action on WWII and other wars, it has been updated and it has some modern wapons... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One of four build and was last commissioned for Iraq War ( Desert Storm). It's an incredible honor to have been able to tour this battleship and have veterans who served on it give the tour. A must visit if you enjoy military crafts and it's histories. Loved the experience and to think it was build in the 1930's and... More

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Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Visited here with Grandchildren. Caught a tour that explained portions of the ship available to see. Lots of steep stairs up and down. Very interesting ship built for WW2 and upgraded to some middle defense. Takes about 3 hours to see. If you served in the military give name and rank upon boarding, also their is a find the stations... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Iowa is a ship that we have wanted to visit for a long time. Coming from Brooklyn, we knew the ship was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and we wanted to see the handiwork of our local shipbuilders during World War II. The staff were really wonderful, and we had the opportunity to meet the curator, Dave Way,... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The weather started out cold so we decided to check this battleship on the way to the beach. Battleship has lots of history, it is educational, unique and interesting to tour the whole ship. Apparently, we only saw 20% of the ship so they are trying to raise more funds to revamp the rest of the ship. Would love to... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The family went to visit the Battleship Iowa on one of our, "Adventure Saturdays," and this visit was a real home run for everyone. The ship was amazing to tour around. Many areas were opened to the public and even some areas which were closed had plastic/glass over them so you could at least see inside. What a vast ship... More

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